Safeguarding in the New Normal with Louis Donald

Feb 20, 2021 | Podcast

“We need to recognise that good safeguarding within schools is when schools have a really, really effective culture of safeguarding and vigilance. This is the job of everyone.”

Louis Donald is an executive leader at Stowe Valley Multi Academy Trust, leading safeguarding across nine schools and six Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) settings as the Director of Safeguarding.

Louis supported the work of the Department for Education (DfE) throughout the COVID19 Pandemic, advising on the impact and effectiveness of the Government safeguarding strategy.

In this insightful episode, Louis shares his insights into safeguarding in the “new normal.”

  • What has changed in safeguarding as a result of the pandemic?
  • What are the biggest safeguarding challenges across the community now, for the child, family, school, Multi Adacmeny Trust or other agencies?
  • Working relationships with multi-agency partners have never been stronger, but how do we deal with the added pressures this puts on the pastoral team in school?
  • The role of formal and informal supervision in supporting staff after dealing with distressing incidents
  • Balancing compliance requirements and staff needs
  • The vital role of “context” in dealing with safeguarding issues, and the work of Dr Carlene Firmin MBE
  • Leading safeguarding systems (in preparation for Ofsted)
  • And much more.

You can connect with Louis:

On Twitter

On LinkedIn

His podcast and website

You can watch Dr Carlene Firmin’s TED talk here


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